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50 Top African Fashion Designers are headed to Lagos for trailblazing ARISE Magazine Fashion Week and Awards in March 2011



ARISE Magazine, Africa’s first global style and culture magazine, today announces the debut of two spectacular events. Following a successful run of three seasons (in 2009 and 2010) of the ARISE Africa Fashion Collective at New York Fashion Week, Bryant Park in New York, and the successful sponsorship of the inaugural ARISE Africa Fashion Week at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg and Cape Town in 2009,

First, ARISE Magazine Fashion Week – It will be held in Lagos, Nigeria from 10 to 13 March 2011, at an exclusive venue. Africa’s Top 50 designers, selected by invitation only, by a panel of experts, will showcase their collections for 2011.

As with ARISE Africa Fashion Collective, this showcase will come as the fitting end to the traditional fashion season after Paris Fashion Week and is designed to compete with and complete the world’s global Fashion Weeks.

The ARISE Magazine Fashion Week will end with the ARISE Magazine Fashion Awards on the night of 13 March 2010.

Then, to validate their successful collections, the very best of these designers will also be invited to participate in the inaugural and annual ARISE Magazine Fashion Gala in New York on Wednesday, 14 September 2011 during New York Fashion Week.

ARISE Magazine’s mission is to continue to promote young and established African and African Diaspora designers. This new initiative will complement the showcasing opportunities offered by the traditional Fashion Weeks around the world.

ARISE Magazine founder, Nduka Obaigbena says “ARISE Magazine is already leading the way and due to the unprecedented demand to showcase Africa’s finest designers, from Deola Sagoe, Tiffany Amber, Clive Rundle and Black Coffee, to newcomers like Maki Oh and Christie Brown and others. We feel the time is right for us create our very own series of spectacular events and show the world that Africa is here to stay at the cutting edge of international fashion.”

Award-winning, London-based show producers, Bacchus, will produce the entire ARISE Magazine Fashion series of events.


  1. French Paris aaliyah

    January 12, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    YUPIIIIII8 FIRST to comment
    I love Africa, J’aime Arise!

  2. Brittle Paper

    January 12, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    That is what I call sustainable excellence. Go peeps!


    January 12, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Lagos at last! I can’t say i’m not pleased. And I can’t wait to see what christie brown designs for fashion week, yay!

  4. Eni

    January 12, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Go Maki-Oh!

  5. lol

    January 13, 2011 at 12:12 am

    can we have the list darling


    January 13, 2011 at 2:56 am

    Sounds nice.Cann’t wait for the date to come…

  7. Corve DaCosta

    January 13, 2011 at 6:47 am

    Happy I found your blog…Impressive work


    January 13, 2011 at 9:52 am

    NAIJA STAND UP! an opportunity for a ton of naija models.
    thats wassup!

  9. peaches & coconuts

    January 13, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Proud of Maki-oh!
    Nice! Real Nice!!! Naija designers, models & a ‘world’ stage…ko bad!
    BN’s on a roll! We appreciate the new year verve!
    **brings out the pompoms & d P.A.S (public address syst)**

  10. duvy

    January 13, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    How will the selection for Nigerian Designers be done, Do we have a chance to apply or something?

  11. Tosin

    January 14, 2011 at 5:20 am

    I’m very excited. In this post, you could have put more pictures e.g. of some of the African designers expected to be there or reminders of what the designers are about. The four covers of ARISE were somehow insufficient drool-matter for this excited reader.

  12. sisiekomi

    January 18, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    I would love to be a part of the event!Bella any contact information please.tnx.

  13. grace

    January 24, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    where do i get ticket plz?

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